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Galleria Storica dell'Italia Contenente in Cento Intagli Miniati i Fatti Piu Notabili Avvenuti nel Corso di X Secoli Illustrati di Descrizioni e Notizie (Two Volumes), C. Sabattini, C. Rusconi, etc.
1 C. Sabattini, C. Rusconi, etc. Galleria Storica dell'Italia Contenente in Cento Intagli Miniati i Fatti Piu Notabili Avvenuti nel Corso di X Secoli Illustrati di Descrizioni e Notizie (Two Volumes)
Firenze David Passigli 1845-6 First Edition Full Morocco Near Fine 
Uncommon title with 100 bright and hand-colored plates depicting major figures and events of Italian history. Each plate accompanies generally eight to twelve text pages relating a tale or biography of the figure(s) depicted. The articles are ornamented with lovely ornate borders which vary in color and design from one piece to the next. The work itself was issued at a time when Italian consciousness was finally being roused with the first rumblings for unification, which would finally come to fruition two decades later, but it is significant that in this work the heros and heroines highlighted come from all over the Italian peninsula, including Naples, Venice, etc. then separate kingdoms, principalities, or under Austrian or Church control. The beauty and scale of this two volume set ensured that it would be treasured and also that it would be lovingly consulted repeatedly to learn about or re-acquiant oneself with the rich heritage of Italian legends. The plates themselves are colored in an interesting manner, with the background and secondary characters and scenery colored lightly, with a thin layer, and the focal point featuring deeper colors, enriched with gum arabic, and the effect of this two-fold approach is to render almost a depth of field. This copy of the set is clean throughout, with both the plates and text leaves nearly spotless. The red morocco was bound by Stikeman & Co. of New York. It has some rubbing along the joints and edges, with heavier wear in the corners. Nonetheless the binding remains handsome and complements well the luxuriance of the content. 
Price: 3750.00 USD
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2 Corvo, Frederick Baron. [Frederick Rolfe] Chronicles of the House of Borgia
London Grant Richards 1901 First Edition Cloth Very Good 
4to. 26 by 16.5 cm. xxii, 375 pp. Ten plates. Spine sunned. Wear along edge, and light soiling to red cloth. on boards. Two pages with offsetting from paper that must have once been held between them. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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3 Smith, Denis Mack Cavour. A Biography
New York Alfred Knopf 1985 First American Edition Cloth Fine Near Fine Jacket 

Price: 10.00 USD
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